Thursday, November 01, 2007

London Police Guilty in Shooting Goof

Goof? There's no such thing as a shooting goof. There's a birthday goof, people "goof up" the time the party stops. In this case, police shot an innocent man seven times in the head. That's not a goof. That's not even a fuck up. I don't think we've made a word to describe exactly what that is so lets just call it a catastrofuck.

The police might normally be expected to celebrate a guilty verdict, but the outcome of the trial that concluded Thursday at London's Old Bailey courthouse caused consternation among the city's law enforcement officers. That's because the defendant was London's Metropolitan police force, in the dock over the death of Jean Charles de Menezes — the Brazilian electrician who was shot seven times in the head by police in a London underground station on July 22, 2005, in the tense atmosphere that followed the terror attacks on the city's transport system two weeks earlier and a failed attack the previous day. Standing outside the court after the verdict was delivered, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair acknowledged that de Menezes' death was "a tragedy," adding, "He was an innocent man."

How come when police accidentally shoot an innocent person it's never one shot to the leg or a warning shot that hits the suspect in the hand? It's always two full clips center mass, a couple more to the face and a grenade thrown in for good measure. They were trying to stop what they thought was a suicide bomber not a fucking rabid polar bear.

Despite the verdict, the Brazilian's family and human rights campaigners say the trial failed to answer the question of why de Menezes was killed.

I'd say the seven bullets to the head had something to do with it. Why did the police do it? Too much Grand Theft Auto?

The Crown Prosecution Service decided there was insufficient evidence to charge individual officers with the shooting, and instead brought a case under health and safety legislation on the surreal grounds that the police had "failed to provide for the health, safety and welfare" of de Menezes and other members of the public.

Yes, killing someone in the streets does put a damper on that whole public health, safety and welfare thing.


Blogger f.b.i.t.c. said...

Nah, the bastard was guilty of something - even if it was just of being Brazilian.

That's justification enough for me.

Maybe we learned from years of shit with IRA terrorists. You shoot and injure one of those fuckers and they turn up in the dock on crutches, with their whole family in tow.
All of a sudden, the mad bastards family testify that he was a latter-day saint and 'never hurt a fly', he's maybe a bit confused and all that, and we get portrayed as the bad guys for ruining this 'mans' livelyhood.

At least if you slot the fucker properly, he ain't ever going to be let off.

Kill em all I say.

November 07, 2007 7:50 AM  

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